About the course
A practical, community-focused programme, this MA allows you to explore how theatre can be made in a range of settings. Studying at Hull, you'll have the opportunity to make theatre for a variety of audiences, including in community, applied, and public venues, as well as receiving training in setting up and running theatre companies. The relationship between the theory and practice of theatre making is at the heart of the programme, allowing you to develop as a thinking theatre artist.
Drama at Hull has a strong reputation and a unique history as one of the UK’s first specialist drama departments. Our broad range of staff expertise has enabled us to design a programme that is challenging, varied, and at the forefront of research in the field of theatre making in local and community contexts. We have a reputation for international theatre research with connections to world theatres.
Our excellent dedicated facilities make Hull a clear choice for students wishing to study with unrivalled access to theatre and rehearsal space. They include the listed Gulbenkian Centre and the recently refurbished Middleton Hall, now one of the finest performance spaces around with a concert hall, surround-sound cinema, ambisonic surround sound recording studio and industry-standard rehearsal facilities. The £9.5 million refurbishment also includes a new entrance and café with a 400-plus seater concert hall forming the centre-piece of the development. The versatile space is ideal for classical and popular music concerts. With adaptable acoustics, it will also be used for music, theatre and cinema screenings.
Hull has a long tradition of established arts venues, grassroots and community arts practice. Theatre Making students have opportunities to present their work at annual arts events including Assemblefest, Freedom Festival, and Vista, and to bring work to venues including Hull’s alternative performance space, Fruit. Students also benefit from links with Hull Truck Theatre, the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough and to nationally renowned companies including Opera North, New Diorama Theatre and Out of Joint.
What you'll study
The MA Theatre Making is designed to connect the theory and practice of theatre and performance, to facilitate collaboration, and to explore and interrogate the interdisciplinary connections between different modes of theatre making.
The programme focuses on the relationship between theatre and performance, place, space and community.
Modules are core for all students and arranged across three strands:
- Theoretical, historiographic and interdisciplinary models for theatre making
- Practical exploration of theatre making in local contexts
- Core professional and academic skills related to the study and practice of theatre making
All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.
Place, Space and Performance
How important are place and space to the idea of performance? What does an understanding of community bring to our appreciation of the processes of making and receiving drama? You'll look at several philosophical and political readings and critiques of the formation and use of space and place.
Performance Practice 1
Drama Postgraduate Research and Training Seminar
Public Engagement Through Applied Performance
Taught jointly with staff in drama, this module provides you with skills to confidently perform in front of a live audience. You'll work with drama students to develop a small production on a science theme and then perform it to a real audience. You'll explore collaborations between scientists and artists and also and with external partners – ranging from schools and youth centres to local businesses.
Performance Practice 2
The module takes the form of a group production project. You'll research, plan and execute a project brief in a community-facing setting. Building on your prior experiences, you'll address some aspect of the relationship between space, place and performance.
Drama Professional Development Seminar
In a series of seminars and sessions with other professionals on producing, funding, marketing, promotion and others, you will learn how to make a personal development portfolio (including a CV), a personal statement and a documentation of practice.
Research Project (MA Theatre Making)
This module is an individual research project that is in many ways summative of your MA Theatre Making programme. Choosing either a practice-as-research pathway with critical reflection, or a dissertation-only pathway, you can capitalise on your creative interests, talents and skills.
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